Southside Star Cubs U8 - Churchdown Tournament
Our regular 4 teams of Lions, Tigers, Pumas and Wildcats were once again in action in their final tournament of the season.
The Lions were managed by Colin and Jamie and in their team were sons Ollie and Josh, plus Max G, Joseph F, Finley, Ethan and Noah H. Thanks to Colin for the details below:
We started strongly, beating Lakeside Blues 2-0 with goals from Ethan and Ollie, turning around a 3-0 defeat by the same team at the Quedgeley tournament. Followed by a comfortable win against one of the Churchdown teams, with Josh scoring the deciding goal.
It was a tight game versus the Wildcats and we were kept out by some great goalkeeping from Josh Crocker. The game against Rowanfield was unlucky as we got caught on the break twice and had to change the keeper after Josh R took a knock. We managed to get one back through a nice finish from Ollie’s best goal of the day, putting the ball in the top corner, and we were unlucky not to level it.
The boys looked a bit tired in the last game against a good Churchdown side, although their passing game was better in that match, they just couldn’t find the finish.
Overall, all the Lions played well, with Noah putting in 100% in various positions and Max was strong defensively. Finley was flying up and down the pitch helping in defence and attack. Josh was strong running the ball up the pitch, proving very difficult to tackle, with Ethan looking dangerous up front. Joseph was Man of the Match though for a good all-round performance and scoring his first goal for the Lions, playing outside his normal defensive position.
The Tigers were managed by Darren and Ian, in their team were sons Noah and Lukas, plus Austin, Joseph W, Alfie, Oscar R and Terrence. Thanks to Darren for the report below:
First game we won 1-0, a great game by all, Alfie scored from a superb cross from Noah. Second game loss 1-0, superb performance from Austin in goal with a great double save, but he stood no chance with the follow up!
Game 3 saw Terrence between the sticks, with another fine performance and he was unlucky to concede a goal, with Alfie once again finding the back of the net. Game 4 saw Noah take a turn in goal; we went 1 -0 up through a great goal by Lukas, capping off a brilliant performance for him, however we were unlucky to concede a deflected goal, which saw the game finish 1-1
Game 5... Oscar stepped up for his turn in goal, Joseph got a chance to play further forward and capped off a fine display with a great goal with his weaker left foot, and Lukas with another good all-round display managed to find the back of the net ... direct from a corner! However, Churchdown replied with 2 cracking goals of their own, (their only 2 shots of the game), with the game ending game 2-2. Game 6, Terrence stepped up again in goal, and both teams fought out a hard-earned goalless draw.
Great performance from the whole team once again, but player of the tournament went to Lukas Hepworth, for his outstanding contributions throughout and getting on the scoresheet.
The Pumas were managed by James and Will, in their team for the day were sons Will and Tate, plus Tobi, Jack S, Lucas and Leonidas, plus Sam (on loan from the Lions!) Thanks to James and Ian for the details below:
Game 1 v Southside Wildcats, 0-0
Lots of possession but couldn’t convert that into to a goal.
Game 2 v Rowanfield Rovers, 0-2 lost
Unlucky to concede from a very high dipping shot from near the halfway line that left the keeper with no chance. After the second goal was conceded, the boys did not give up and had two chances at the end that could have got us a win.
Game 3 v Churchdown Panthers, 4-1 lost
Game 4 v FC Lakeside Blues, 1-0 Win
Thoroughly deserved win. The ref said he was pleased we got the goal in the end. Great corner by Will headed in by Leonardis in the last minute of the game. They looked a good side out there. Generally, the players have an absolute desire to win with a passion to do well.
Game 5, FC Lakeside Whites, 4-0 lost
Very fast team, overran our team twice from our kick-offs twice to score straightaway.
Game 6, Churchdown Panthers Blacks, 0-1 lost
We hit the post at least 4 times, 3 times by Tobi, and on their only attack all game they scored! Really unlucky finish to the day. Great display, worked really hard and showed great character after a couple of difficult games earlier on in the day.
We won't always win.
Keep our positions and play as a team.
If we lose our cool or get distracted by a decision we are more likely to lose the game.
No matter how well you play you can concede goals, it's about how we respond to the challenge of getting one back that matters.
Free kicks can cost us the game, but hard work and tracking back will always be respected/rewarded.
Occasionally there were spells of great passing, skill and even great defending. There were a couple of lucky or rather unlucky goals against us which saw the players heads drop. We need to work on the challenge of falling behind. It won't always be goals, goals, goals, win, win, win...
After falling behind against the other Lakeside team, we pushed forward with greater determination to get back in the game only to leave ourselves wide open at the back, with midfield and defence all taking on the role of striker, which ended-up costing us.
Throughout the day Lucas as always stuck to the game plan, performed well and played the position as asked. A couple of great passes splitting defences and a deserved Man of the Match.
The Wildcats were managed by Andy and in his team were son Elliott, plus Josh C, Jonas, Jacob, Preston, Max and Lorenzo. Thanks to him for details below:
SSW - Southside Leopards (0-0)
Churchdown Panthers Black - SSW (2-0)
SSW - Lakeside Blues (0-1)
Southside Lions - SSW (1-1) (Scorer - Preston)
Churchdown Panthers Colts - SSW (1-1) (Scorer - Elliott)
Man of the Tournament - Elliott Cook (picked by parents for his strong tackling and taking on defenders). Credit to Josh for keeping us in the games with some fantastic goal keeping in a 1-on-1 situation.
We had a tough day with some strong performances, losing to a last-minute goal by Lakeside Blues (their stronger side) - it took until the middle of the tournament before we really got going and scored some goals, but a confident performance even with some players missing.
Thanks again to all our reporters! Players of the Tournament: Joseph Fogden, Lukas Hepworth, Lucas Cliffe & Elliott Cook